Submission Guidelines

We seek to foster both experimental work and traditional work; to marry the work of traditional storytellers (Native American, Armenian, Latino/a, etc.) with experimental writers (spoken word / concrete poetry, etc.). With our trans-cultural publications we attempt to encourage an audience that is hip, literate, informed, and lives in a society that is multicultural. 

The Raven Chronicles magazine does not charge reading fees, but we do ask that you submit using the online submission manager during the open reading period unless you are unable to access an internet connection. Contact us with a query via email or phone if you need to submit via the United States Postal Service.

The Raven Chronicles publishes two issues a year: spring/summer and fall/winter. Each magazine has a central theme, and, in addition, special regular features.

Submission Guidelines,
Vol. 24, Spring/Summer 2017 issue

Reading period will open on:  March 1, 2017
Reading period will close on:  April 15, 2017
Fiction: Kathleen Alcalá
Nonfiction: Stephanie Lawyer
Paul Hunter

Theme Vol. 24, HOME: The world is in the midst of the largest migration of people since World War II. Due to war and political oppression, many of them will never return to their homelands. Others, like Native Americans in the Americas, have watched as wave after wave of newcomers have come into their land and claimed it as their own. The United States attracts people from all over the world to use as labor, but then denies them a legal opportunity to establish homes and raise families.

Is home a place or a dream of sanctuary? A tarp, bedroll or car parked on the side of the freeway? A ranch you inherited? People you love? A state of mind? An elusive definition of space or location that only the privileged can afford to claim? Describe your home (whatever and wherever it may be) and the things that make it home for you.

In Aleppo, “Abu Hussein, a man in his 50s, was remarkably cheerful as he stood with his wife Umm Hussein and looked down from their balcony on to the rubble that makes his street impassable for any vehicle. ‘Nothing is better or more beautiful than our home,’ he said. ‘It’s the place to be in good times or in bad.’”

How to Submit work: We Use for our submission platform.

General Submission  & Manuscript Guidelines

  • Previously published work: we sometimes publish previously published work; inquire about it.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please indicate this in your cover letter and notify us immediately by adding a note to your Submittable account if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Submissions received outside of the reading period/deadline will be sadly returned unread.
  • We aim for a response time of 4 weeks after submission deadline, but query us if you haven’t heard from us in  2 months.

How to submit your work using


  • Poetry: Send a maximum of 3 poems. No restrictions on form or content, but our focus is on content that melds with form — whether traditional or experimental. 11-12 pt standard font. Revisions may be made UPON acceptance. One batch of submissions per reading period. NEW OF NOTE: We now publish in book format, 6×9 inches, with interior pages 4×7, so we can’t publish poems with very long lines. You can submit but we might have to reject poems on this basis.
  • Fiction: Submit up to 4,000 words,  one story/fiction, or 3 flash fictions / lyric prose. Double-spaced, 11-12 point standard font. Experimental work is always of interest. Surprise us! We accept short stories or novel excerpts that can stand alone. Revisions may be made UPON acceptance. One submission per reading period.
  •  Creative Nonfiction, Essays: Submit up to 4,000 words,  or 2 micro-essays. Double-spaced, 11-12 point standard font.  Revisions may be made UPON acceptance. One submission per reading period.